Onshore Exploration Advisory Service

Safe exploration for mining, oil and gas companies

Onshore Oil Exploration Advisory Service

International mineral mining, oil and gas companies are finding resources of countries on the African continent increasingly appealing. That appeal, however, is hampered by dangerous remnants of past wars. Companies conducting exploration in current and former areas of conflict must be prepared to factor mitigation efforts into their plans and costs. Landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), such as grenades, rockets, and ammunition, pose a problem in a number of African countries, many of which lack the capability or resources to conduct clearance operations in anticipation of mineral and oil exploration.

Exploring in areas that have not been cleared can be unsafe, and exploration companies often must assume responsibility for mitigating the threat. In such cases, commercial de-mining and clearance companies serve as alternatives if the host-nation government is unable to provide mine clearance. Securing the services of reputable, effective companies, however, requires research and the willingness to invest time in understanding the problem and the proposed solutions. This outcome leads to a general concern regarding safety and standards for contracting companies operating in oil and gas extraction and mineral mining sectors of Africa.

ECSI has the experience to assist the contracting company and act on behalf the client to assess, train and monitor (Quality Control and Quality Assurance) the authorized and qualified sub-contractor to undertake landmine/UXO clearance activities in Africa.

The most workable solution to solve this dilemma for these companies is to utilize the services of independent civilian consultants, like ECSI, to draft proposals and contracts for Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Disposal.  Utilizing standard business practices, ECSI can fulfil this demand by adopting a balanced approach to the four basic fundamentals of landmine/UXO clearance; safety, quality, productivity and effectiveness, including the additional aspects of ERW contamination mitigation.